Under Foot

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I’ve never been one to take much notice of floor and wall tiles, simply because I never thought I could commit and live with one design for the rest of my life. However that all swiftly changed when I came across Popham Design! Wow, wow, wow. Their simple and striking tiles reveal possibilities suited to modern living, I can just as easily imagine their bold tiles creating a striking central dining area in a London living room as I can in a Moroccan palace.

Caitlin and Samuel Dowe-Sandes lived and worked in New York and Los Angeles for over a decade before moving to Marrakech in June 2006.  Samuel, a filmmaker, and Caitlin, a public relations executive specializing in design businesses, fantasized for some time about living in an exotic place together and starting a creative venture. The move to Marrakech delivered on both of those promises. An appreciation for the flexibility and practicality of cement tiles in their new home, as well as the medium’s design possibilities led the Dowe-Sandes to found Popham Design. Made by hand by skilled artisans in their Marrakech factory, the Dowe-Sandes’ designs bring a modern design sensibility to the tradition of Moroccan cement tiles. See here for your nearest retailer or email Popham Designs to discuss a custom order.


Author: Rohini Wahi

Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.

She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at mail@rohiniwahi.com

1 Comment on Under Foot

  1. Aline
    Monday, October 12th, 2009 10:24 at 10:24 am (8 years ago)

    Wow, yes! Never seen anything lke that!
    But I am just the opposite, those tiles are so “over the top” that I don’t feel I could commit to these…Tiles are there to “stay” and I would be afraid of getting bored of these “flamboyant ” shapes!

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